Walbrook is winner in 20-6 showdown with Northwestern Warriors win 7th in row to claim City West crown

November 08, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Walbrook's Kelvin Bridges could hardly contain his excitement during the weeks leading up to yesterday's City West Division showdown at Northwestern, but the fourth-year coach had eaten boastful words in the past.

Yesterday, during the cold, rainy, sloppy conditions of the Wildcats' homecoming, Bridges was rewarded for biting his tongue as visiting Walbrook stopped Northwestern, 20-6, for what is believed to be the program's first football title of the decade.

It was the seventh straight win for Walbrook (7-2, 6-0), which has outscored its league opponents by a combined 224-12, with four TTC shutouts. Walbrook's only losses are to No. 10-ranked Woodlawn (by 15-0) and Northern (19-18).

Northwestern (6-3, 5-1) had its own win streak snapped at six games. Its other losses were to then-No. 9 Patterson (22-6) and then-No. 3 Lake Clifton (14-6).

During the preseason of a year ago, Bridges said: "We're going to be hard to handle" -- and the Warriors went 1-8.

He maintained a low profile this year, despite returning players such as safety Lemuel Thomas, linebacker Terrence Hamlet, quarterback Mike Dorsey and lineman Donnell Rouzer (6-foot-4, 318 pounds).

"This was the biggest thrill in my life as a high school coach, but I didn't over-hype our guys," said Bridges. "But our defense is not a fluke. We've done it all year. I knew what these kids could do."

The Warriors overcame treacherous conditions and Northwestern's hard-running sophomore,, Leroy Satchell, who scored 48 of his team's 52 points in a shutout of Southern, including a state-record seven touchdowns.

But it was the Warriors' 6-2, 205-pound Reggie Leak (15 carries, 175 yards) who broke an 82-yarder for a 6-0 lead 9: 35 before halftime.

"We wanted to get one early. We thought that was very important," Leak said.

Satchell (11 carries, 123 yards) was held to 32 yards in the first half but tied the game with a 54-yard run and his 17th touchdown of the fall on Northwestern's first play of the second half.

The Warriors' defense clamped down after that, recovering fumbles that set up fourth-quarter scores by Dorsey (a 2-yard run) and Kalvin Booker (a 6-yard run), respectively. Booker, a sophomore, finished with 69 yards on 14 carries and a conversion run.

Leak, Hamlet and Rouzer each had sacks, and Rouzer also caused a fumble.

Joseph Marine (6-3, 310) had a sack and a fumble recovery for Northwestern.

"Northwestern hasn't had a year like this since the '70s," said Satchell, who finished the season with 1,357 yards. "We feel good about our season."

No. 4 Hereford 47, Loch Raven 0: Roger Evans broke a state record for extra points in a season with 61 as the undefeated Bulls (10-0) dropped the visiting Raiders (4-6) in a non-league game. In rushing for 132 yards on 16 carries, Jason Murphy broke a school record for yards in a season with 1,430. Jason Wingeart also had a big game for Hereford with four touchdowns and two interceptions, despite playing just one half.

No. 14 Aberdeen 14, Edgewood 0: Jermaine Skinner had a 1-yard touchdown run and Connell Lee added a 44-yard fumble recovery for a score as the Eagles improved to 9-1 with a home win. Edgewood fell to 5-5. E.J. Henderson led Aberdeen with 123 yards rushing on 22 carries.

No. 15 Dunbar 32, Southwestern 6: Thomas James ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as the host Poets (6-4) beat the Sabers. Freshman Darnell Baylor recovered a fumble for a Poets defense that had two interceptions and three sacks.

Pub Date: 11/08/97

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